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Rick Boucher
Rick Boucher, official 109th Congress photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th district
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 2011
Preceded by William Wampler
Succeeded by Morgan Griffith
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 39th district
In office
January 8, 1975 – December 27, 1982
Preceded by George M. Warren, Jr.
Succeeded by James P. Jones
Personal details
Born (1946-08-01) August 1, 1946 (age 68)
Abingdon, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Amy Hauslohner
Residence Abingdon, Virginia
Alma mater Roanoke College (B.A.)
University of Virginia (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney
Religion Methodist

Frederick Carlyle "Rick" Boucher (/ˈbər/ BOW-chər; born August 1, 1946) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Virginia's 9th congressional district from 1983 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He was defeated in the 2010 elections, while trying to be elected to a 15th term, when he was challenged by Morgan Griffith.

Early life, education and career[edit]

Boucher is a native of Abingdon, Virginia, where he currently lives. He earned his BA from Roanoke College where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He has practiced law on Wall Street initially as an associate at Milbank in the firm's New York office, and later in Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, he served for seven years as a member of the Senate of Virginia.

In May 2011, Mr. Boucher joined prominent Washington law firm Sidley Austin and will be leading their government strategies practice.[1] The Internet Innovation Alliance (IIA), an industry advocacy group, also announced that Boucher has joined as the honorary chair.[2] The IIA includes among its members AT&T and the Americans for Tax Reform and has focused on expanding broadband access and adoption with particular emphasis on increased mobile connectivity for underserved and rural communities.[3][4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Political campaigns[edit]

Boucher was first elected to Congress in 1982, defeating 16-year Republican incumbent Bill Wampler by 1,100 votes. He was narrowly reelected in 1984, defeating Delegate Jefferson Stafford by four points, even as Ronald Reagan carried the 9th in a landslide. However, he was completely unopposed for a third term in 1986, and was reelected 11 more times without serious difficulty.

Boucher remained very popular in his district even as its socially conservative tint made it friendlier to Republicans. The GOP won most of the area's seats in the Virginia General Assembly in 2001, and has held them ever since. From 2002 to 2006, he fended off three reasonably well-funded Republican challengers with relative ease. In 2002, he defeated state delegate Jay Katzen with 66 percent of the vote. In 2004, he defeated NASCAR official Kevin Triplett with 59 percent of the vote even as George W. Bush easily carried the district. In 2006, he defeated state delegate Bill Carrico with 68 percent of the vote. He was reelected unopposed in 2008 even as John McCain carried the district with his largest margin in the state. It was generally thought that Boucher would be succeeded by a Republican once he retired.


In 2010 Boucher faced his strongest opponent to date in House of Delegates Majority Leader Morgan Griffith. Although Boucher charged that Griffith lived outside of the 9th (his home in Salem was a few miles outside the 9th), it was not enough to overcome Griffith's attacks that Boucher was an ally of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Ultimately, Griffith unseated Boucher with 51 percent of the vote to Boucher's 46 percent.[5]

Committee assignments[edit]

Boucher served as an assistant whip from 1985 to 2010.

Political positions[edit]

Boucher has been active on Internet-related legislation, including cosponsoring the High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991[6] which led to the development of the Mosaic web browser credited by most scholars as beginning the Internet boom of the 1990s. His proposals to promote competition in the cable and local telephone industries contributed to the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Boucher originated the House Internet Caucus and served as its co-chairman. He also created the Digital Media Consumer's Rights Act (DMCRA) legislation, co-authored the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003, introduced the FAIR USE Act and co-sponsored the BALANCE Act. He was named Politician of the Year for 2006 by Library Journal, largely due to his efforts to protect the fair use doctrine and expand Internet technologies to rural areas.[7]

Boucher voted in favor of the Auto Industry Financing and Restructuring Act, as well as the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In contrast, Boucher has received a rating of "A+" from the National Rifle Association and is one of the 81 House Democrats who voted in favor of authorizing the invasion of Iraq.

Boucher is a strong opponent of tax patents and has introduced bills to either have them banned or to exempt tax attorneys and tax payers from liability in infringing them.[8]

In June 2009, Boucher voted in favor of the American Clean Energy and Security Act which, if enacted, would establish a cap-and-trade system.[9] Boucher was chairman of the energy sub-committee of the previous Congress which first drafted the legislation, and was deemed to be instrumental in the bills development. Boucher opened his pre-vote remarks on the bill by saying that he was in "strong support of the bill."[10]

In November 2009, Boucher, along with 39 other Democratic members of the House, voted against the Affordable Health Care for America Act.[11] Also, on March 21, 2010, Boucher voted against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act[12] and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010.

Rick Boucher endorsed Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination for president, while his district went solidly for Hillary Clinton.

In 2007, Congress.org ranked Rick Boucher as the 10th most powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives.[13]

Electoral history[edit]

Virginia's 9th congressional district: Results 1982–2010[14][15]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1982 Rick Boucher 76,227 50% William Wampler 75,009 50%
1984 Rick Boucher 102,446 52% Jefferson Stafford 94,510 48%
1986 Rick Boucher 59,864 99% no candidate Write-ins 602 1%
1988 Rick Boucher 113,309 63% John Brown 65,410 37%
1990 Rick Boucher 67,215 97% no candidate Write-ins 2,015 2%
1992 Rick Boucher 133,284 63% Gary Weddle 77,985 37%
1994 Rick Boucher 153,311 59% Steve Fast 72,133 41%
1996 Rick Boucher 122,908 65% Patrick Craig Muldoon 58,055 31% Tom Roberts Virginia Reform 8,080 4%
1998 Rick Boucher 87,163 61% Joe Barta 55,918 39%
2000 Rick Boucher 137,488 70% Michael Osborne 59,335 30%
2002 Rick Boucher 100,075 66% Jay Katzen 52,076 34%
2004 Rick Boucher 150,039 59% Kevin Triplett 98,499 39% Seth Davis Independent 4,341 2%
2006 Rick Boucher 129,705 68% Bill Carrico 61,574 32%
2008 Rick Boucher 207,306 97% no candidate Write-ins 6,264 3%
2010 Rick Boucher 86,743 46% Morgan Griffith 95,726 51% Jeremiah Heaton Independent 4,282 2%

Personal life[edit]

Long considered "married to his job", Boucher announced his engagement at age 59 to Amy Hauslohner, an editor of the Galax Gazette in Galax, Virginia. Said Boucher of the engagement "We have decided since I will be 60 in August and she just turned 50 last week, we probably are mature enough to handle marriage." [16] Boucher and Houslohner were married on June 3, 2006.


  1. ^ Samuelsohn, Darren (18 May 2011). "Rick Boucher lands with D.C. law firm". Politico. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Press Room". Internet Innovation Alliance. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Jerome, Sarah (24 May 11). "Boucher joins AT&T-backed advocacy group". TheHill.com.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ "Internet Innovation Alliance". Internet Innovation Alliance. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "GOP's Griffith ousts 14-term Va. Democratic Rep. Boucher". The Virginian-Pilot. Associated Press. November 2, 2010. 
  6. ^ http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d102:HR00656:@@@P%7C/bss/d102query.html%7C
  7. ^ Politician of the Year 2006: Rick Boucher-Fighter for Access , John N. Berry III, Library Journal, September 15, 2006
  8. ^ Dennis Crouch "Tax Patent Legislation: Excusing Infringement of Patented Tax Planning Methods" Patently O blog, June 20, 2008
  9. ^ "Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball". Centerforpolitics.org. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  10. ^ "Broadcast Yourself". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  11. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2009/roll887.xml
  12. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll165.xml
  13. ^ https://ssl.capwiz.com/congressorg/power_rankings/index.tt
  14. ^ "Election Statistics". Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  15. ^ "Election results". Virginia State Board of Elections. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  16. ^ The big secret is out: Rick Boucher is engaged, Roanoke Times, March 17, 2006

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William Creed Wampler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 9th congressional district

January 3, 1983 - January 3, 2011
Succeeded by
Morgan Griffith

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